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The Museum

The National Museum of the Viceroyalty is part of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History; INAH). It is dedicated to researching, preserving, and spreading awareness of the culture of the viceregal period, one of the most significant in Mexico’s history. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1964 and since then it has sought to bring the visitors closer to life in New Spain through a visit to the building of the Colegio y Casa de Probación (School and Probation House) of Tepotzotlán and the permanent collection exhibited there.

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To preserve, research, exhibit, and spread awareness of the collection and building housing the National Museum of the Viceroyalty in accordance with academic rigor, openness to the needs of the public, and to enrich the vision of viceregal historical patrimony held by Mexico and the world. 


To be a museum recognized by society and homologous institutions as a permanent reference point in the planning, management, research, conservation, and dissemination of patrimony. We make an effort to be an inclusive, dynamic space promoting ties with the community, government agencies, and national and international organizations, in consonance with the institution’s objectives and values, at the same time as being a promoting factor in the development of Tepotzotlán. 

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